Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Doctor Who: Complete Series One DVD Review

Review By Dean Calcutt

Executive Producer: Russell T. Davies

Genre
Science Fiction

Cast

Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor
Billie Piper as Rose Tyler
Noel Clarke as Mickey Smith
Camille Coduri as Jackie Tyler

Certificate 12

Synopsis

Christopher Eccleston's Doctor is wise and funny, cheeky and brave. An alien and a loner (it's difficult keeping up with friends when your day job involves flitting through time and space), his detached logic gives him a vital edge when the world's in danger. But when it comes to human relationships, he can be found wanting. That's why he needs new assistant Rose.

Rose (Billie Piper) is a shop-girl from the present day. From the moment they meet, the Doctor and Rose are soulmates. They understand and complement each other. As they travel together through time, encountering new adversaries, the Doctor shows her things beyond imagination. She starts out as an innocent, unfettered by worldly concerns. But she ends up an adventurer who, by the end of the series, can never go home again...

Special Features
  • Audio commentary on every episode, some of which feature Russell T. Davies, Billie Piper, John Barrowman, Mark Gatiss and Simon Callow 
  • 'On Set With Billie': Billie Piper's video diary 
  • 'Waking The Dead': Mark Gatiss' video diary 
  • 'Destroying The Lair' featurette  
  • Mike Tucker's Mocks Of Balloons' featurette 
  • 'Designing Doctor Who' featurette  
  • Laying Ghosts - The Origins Of The Unquiet Dead' featurette 
  • 'Deconstructing Big Ben' featurette  
  • 'The Adventures Of Captain Jack' featurette
  • BBC Breakfast interview with Christopher Eccleston
  • 'Making Doctor Who' with Russell T. Davies  
  • Exclusive 'Doctor Who Confidential' disc featuring behind the scenes footage from 'The Christmas Invasion' 
  • Collector's booklet including an introduction from Russell T. Davies  
  • Trailers

Review

Let me say from the off that I am a huge RTD and Ecclestone fan so when I heard that they were getting together to reimagine one of my all time fave shows I was more than a little excited, but did they succeed?

Most definitely yes!

In 1989 doctor who was old,tired and needed a rest. In mid 90's America took a crack at it, it wasn't bad (had a great doctor) but it didn't lead to a series. This time however we had been promised 13 episodes so signs were promising.

New who hit the ground running with a great title sequence and rousing orchestral theme score. RTD had made several big changes (the doc is now the last time lord) but they all work, this is an outstanding premiere season.

Stand out episodes are

Rose.
Starting the whole thing from a companions pov and showing family is inspired,

Fathers Day
Heart wrenching tale of love

Dalek
Shows new side to the doctor, and is still best episode of Who ever

Empty Child/Doctor Dances
Steven Moffat, Captain Jack, zombies, WW2, Are you my mummy? Brilliant story, outstanding cast, unfaultable

Boom Town
A really sweet character piece(which means opps we've run out of budget) about consequences, worth watching for the restaurant scene alone

Parting of the Ways
And so it ends the way it had too. I've decided not to say what happens to avoid ruining it for anyone who hasn't seen it, but it makes sense from pov of the doctors character

Overall a brilliant series, you won't regret watching it.

Show 4/5
Picture 5/5
Sound 5/5
Special Features 5/5
Overall 19/20

1 comment:

  1. very good review by someone who is obviously an avid fan of doctor who.he manages to give good details about the contents of series without giving away any secrets of the episodes whilst at the same time giving just enough information to make the reader want to discover the series for themselves

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